What Happened on December 22

Significant Events

  • 1790 Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–92)
  • 1877 Thomas Edison's phonograph is announced by Scientific American
  • 1885 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan
  • 1989 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1990 Lech Wałęsa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
  • 2010 Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama
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December 22 in Film & TV

  • 1932 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

December 22 in Music

  • 1894 Claude Debussy's first orchestral masterpiece "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

December 22 in Sport

  • 1894 United States Golf Association forms in New York

Did You Know?

Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio

On December 22, 1956


Would You Believe?

The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second

On December 22, 1849

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sandra Oh (35) divorces Oscar-winning Sideways director Alexander Payne (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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